Next stage of Murray Basin Rail Project underway
Preliminary works are underway to standardise 1000 kilometres of rail track across regional Victoria under Stage 2 of the million Murray Basin Rail Project.
Jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments on a 50:50 basis, the $ 440 million project will result in better rail freight services and improved link between regional industries and Victoria’s major ports at Portland, Geelong and Melbourne.
Once complete, the project is expected to take 20,000 trucks off regional roads each year, which is expected to improve road safety and reduce carbon emissions.
Upgrade works include standardising the track from Dunolly to Yelta, and Ouyen to Murrayville, and reopening the Maryborough to Ararat line.
The works will increase train axle loadings from 19 tonnes to 21 tonnes between Dunolly and Yelta, and Maryborough to Ararat to allow freight trains to carry heavier loads.
The Sea Lake and Manangatang lines will remain open during this time and freight operators can consider using these lines as another option to keep moving freight by rail with works being scheduled outside of grain harvest seasons.